What’s On

The Independent Living Centre offers a range of training and events aimed at providing information and education to a range of groups in the health, education, community and disability sectors.  Some events are aimed at clients, family members and carers, through to sessions for health professionals, educators and service providers. Workshops are delivered by different teams within the organisation, based on their teams skills and expertise.

Assistive Equipment Services,  ILC Tech and OTDA all offer a unique service making regular visits to rural and remote areas of Western Australia. You can view their upcoming trips here.

Quick links to our monthly calendars: May, June, July, August, September and November.

Nedlands 'Drop By' times
ILC-17ILC 'Drop By' times (Assistive Equipment Services)
Drop in to view the thousands of products on display at the ILC Equipment Display Centre. No appointments are necessary and therapists will be available to offer assistance during the times below.

When: Every Wednesday and Friday between 10.00am and 1.00pm
Where: ILC Nedlands Head Office, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Free with parking available on site

Please note: Some complex technology and equipment items are not suitable for viewing during our ‘Drop By’ times. You may be required to make an appointment to get advice about these items. ILC Tech staff are unavailable during ‘Drop By’ times. We know that your time is valuable. It is therefore recommended that you contact the ILC on 9381 0600 prior to visiting us to see if an appointment is necessary for the equipment or technology you would like to view. This will ensure that you get the assistance you require when you come in.
View further information about ILC Assistive Equipment Services


What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in May
DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our carers to key information about dementia.

Deborah Fleming-Prins from Alzheimers Association will discuss loss, grief and feelings associated diagnosis and caring for a loved one who has dementia.

This will be followed by morning tea and then a group support session where we can share our concerns and worries.


When: Thursday 25th May 2017 from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - Dementia Education and Training for Carers
Home mods image 2Key Word Signing - Basic Workshop
Key Word Sign can be used to support people understand speech and also to communicate their message. Key Word Sign is a suitable Augmentaitve and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategy for people with a range of communication needs.

You will walk away from this workshop confident in using a range of signs to support communication. Attendees will learn to identify what key word sign and gesture is, how signing supports communication, who signing is used with, how to use signs in everyday activities, how to choose vocabulary tailored to an individual and basic vocabulary of interactive signs.

Target audience: This workshop will be of interest to Parents, Carers, Teachers, Education Assistants, Support Workers and Therapists.

When: Tuesday 30th May 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Where: Independent Living Centre, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140.00

Eventbrite - Key Word Signing - Basic Workshop, May
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in June
My Tech logoMyTech Emerging Technology Expo

This Expo will provide you with the opportunity to see and understand the latest smart technology options for independence in the home and community.
We will have a range of equipment on display from the ILC and suppliers including smart home automation for TV, lights, smart watches, alternative phone and tablet access and voice activated controls. There will be opportunity to get hands on with equipment and experience what this technology is able to do. Our occupational therapists will also be sharing their experiences prescribing and setting up these devices for people with disabilities through the DSC funded My Tech project.

Target Audience: Open to all interested in Smart Assistive Technology, including AT users, support workers, family members, carers, health professionals, students etc.

When: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - MyTech Emerging Technology Expo
ILC OT seated beside a man with disabilty while she shows him an ipadVIDEO CONFERENCE: Useful Apps

**PLEASE NOTE:This session is aimed at allied health professionals within WACHS, who have access to the WACHS videoconferencing network. Dial in details will be sent one week prior via email to the person who has registered for each site. Feel free to invite multiple attendees to your site- you only need to register once per site.

Are you interested in learning more about the latest applications available to support your clients?

This video conference (VC) will cover a range of applications which support communication, literacy, visual supports, life skills and creating and sharing stories. The VC will also provide a guided tour of the ILC developed app “Equip Myself” and advise how this may be used by clients.

When:Wednesday 21st June 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - VIDEO CONFERENCE: Useful Apps
DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our carers to key information about dementia.

Sheila Lapping from Alzheimers Association will discuss the benefits of creating a dementia friendly environment, including how a person with dementia perceives their environment and what can we do to reduce confusion and enhance well-being.


When: Thursday 22nd June 2017 from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - Dementia Education and Training for Carers
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in July
ilc-118NEW Workshop!! Fundamentals of Assistive Technology (AT)
Enabling frontline staff to understand consumers AT needs

This workshop covers the fundamental skills and knowledge of good AT practice for support staff to make safe decisions and understand consumers AT needs. The practical activities will give participants hand-on experience with equipment for daily living, and utilising good resources. AT includes any piece of equipment that enables an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do.

The Fundamentals of AT is a LifeTec learning and development product, developed and owned by LifeTec, and delivered under license by Independent Living Centre WA in partnership with LifeTec.

Target audience: Support workers, Nursing staff, Care coordinators, RAS assessors, Local coordinator & planners, Activity officers, Residential care staff, Allied health staff new to AT, AT therapy assistants, Pharmacy assistants & Suppliers and retail staff.

When: Tuesday 11th July, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $140.00 per person

Eventbrite - Fundamentals of Assistive Technology - Enabling frontline staff to understand consumers AT needs
logoPragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory 2 day workshop
The Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) approach provides strategies to support the design, production and implementation of communication systems to enable genuine communication for a variety of functions in all daily environments. PODD includes strategies to minimise some of the common difficulties associated with the use of multi-level communication books including.

Target audience: This workshop will be of interest to speech pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers and parents of individuals who have complex communication needs. Family members and support people of someone using PODD may also be interested to attend this workshop. If you are considering high tech PODD, this training would also be beneficial to develop your understanding about PODD features, organisation and teaching and learning strategies.

When: Thursday 27th July and Friday 28th July. 9:00am - 4:30pm both days.
Where Independent Living Centre, The Niche, Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $500.00 Early bird rate (Register before COB Friday 28th April). $550 standard ticket

This workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be added to the wait list for the next workshop.


DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our carers to key information about dementia.

During this session Bianca Briggs from Heart to Heart Connections will talk about “What you can get from your care package?”

Following morning tea, Bianca will introduce you to the benefits of aromatherapy.


When: Thursday 27th July 2017 from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - Dementia Education and Training for Carers
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in August
ILC staff member sitting alongside other attendees at a workshopKey Word Signing - Basic Workshop
Are you interested in developing skills in Key Word Signing?

Key Word Sign can be used to support people understand speech and also to communicate their message. Key Word Sign is a suitable Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategy for people with a range of communication needs. You will walk away from this workshop confident in using a range of signs to support communication.

You will learn:
- To identify what is key word sign and gesture; how signing supports communication; who signing is used with; how to use signs in everyday activities; how to choose vocabulary tailored to an individual, and a basic vocabulary of interactive signs.

Target audience: This workshop will be of interest to Parents, Carers, Teachers, Education Assistants, Support Workers and Therapists.

When: Tuesday 8th of August, from 9am - 4pm.
Where: Independent Living Centre Training Room, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands 6009
Cost: $140

Eventbrite - Key Word Signing - Basic Workshop, August
DETC imageDementia Education and Training for Carers
The Respite and Carelink Centre aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by supporting their carers. One way we achieve this is through running Dementia Education and Training sessions for carers. We hold regular sessions to enhance carer skills and connecting our carers to key information about dementia.

First topic will be “How to find the right residential facility”.

Following morning tea Tess Woodford the West Australian Regional Sales Manager from Regis will talk about Residential facilities.

What can you expect? What should you look for?

When: Thursday 24th August 2017 from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Where: Currambine Community Centre, 64 Delamere Avenue, Currambine WA 6028
Cost: Free

Eventbrite - Dementia Education and Training for Carers
What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in September
logoPragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) 5 Day Advanced Course
By College Row School & Independent Living Centre WA

This intensive advanced PODD workshop is for people who have completed a two day PODD Introductory workshop and are now seeking to further develop their knowledge and skill. NOTE: Completion of an advanced PODD course is a pre requisite for people who are interested in applying for certification as a PODD presenter in the future. This course aims to build on current knowledge and fluency using PODD communication books for individuals who have begun to implement these strategies with students. Focus will be on building fluency, refining observational assessment and implementation planning skills, and strategies for training communication partners. The course will also provide opportunities for problem‐solving more complex challenges. Content will include case studies from participants.

Target audience: The advanced PODD workshop is for people who have completed a two day PODD Introductory workshop and are now seeking to further develop their knowledge and skill. For example Speech Pathologists, Teachers, Education assistants, Parent / carers and Support workers.

When: Monday 25th September until Friday 29th September. 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Where: Conference Room 3, School of Special Education Needs, 33 Giles Avenue, Padbury.
Cost: $1,300.00

Eventbrite - Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) 5 Day Advanced Course


What's On at the Independent Living Centre WA in November
Home Modifications imageAdvanced Home Modifications workshop
At the Advanced Home Modifications workshop, you will be provided with information on the rights of a private home owner when modifying their own home, an understanding of common barriers in the home, and the range of home modification solutions and information on how to review products to determine their suitability for use in home modification practice. You will also practice reviewing a plan and redesigning a home using a case study and be enabled to resource information to enhance practice.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners and others.

When: Thursday 23rd November from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $300

Eventbrite - Advanced Home Modifications workshop


kelly_home_ot_bathroomHome Modifications for People with Dementia workshop
At the Home Modifications for People with Dementia workshop you will learn about the broad principles for evaluating product and design requirements, barriers and design solutions and resources to assist clinical practice including information from overseas settings, to inform Australia practice.You will also have an opportunity to discuss and problem solve case scenarios from your own work setting.

Target audience: The target audience for the workshop includes occupational therapy practitioners, people working in the building industry, and others.

When: Friday 24th November from 9am - 4:30pm
Where: Independent Living Centre, Training room, The Niche Suite A, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands
Cost: $300

Eventbrite - Home Modifications for People with Dementia workshop
ILC Regional events and activities
IMG_1810AES Country Services visit to the Goldfields Region

See our Occupational Therapists, Simone Bunter from the AES Country Services Team who will be visiting the Goldfields Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: 22nd May - 2nd June 2017

Where: Kalgoorlie, Merredin and Kambalda
More information available here
AES Country Services visit to the Pilbara Kimberley Region

See our Occupational Therapist, Lauren Farrell from the AES Country Services Team who will be visiting the Pilbara Kimberley Region to provide information, advice and have a range of equipment on display at a variety of local events. Some individual appointments may also be available on request.

When: 24th July - 4th August 2017

Where: Onslow, Karratha, Roebourne, Port Hedland, Broome, Derby, Fitzory Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra
More information available here